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vocis @ 06:04 pm: New community, new icon. My Photoshop skillz are weak, but the avatar is kind of cute none-the-less.

Picked up Fast Food Nation last week and am up to the part where it explains why fast food tastes the way it does. Out of fear and a hopeful expectation that I will no longer willing eat at fast food chains after finishing the book (plus knowing that I'm going to be going back on South Beach phase 2 *g*) I got a Big Mac and fries for lunch today so that I could say good-bye to them. *g*

So far I've found it to be pretty entertaining and occasionally frightening. I've been intrigued by the brief personal histories of the major players in the industry, especially "Colonel" Sander's story which I thought was a hoot. I suppose it is pretty slanted, but it's no more so than I expected given the subtitle "The Dark Side of the All-American Meal". I'm reminded that I had intended to see Super Size Me and should rent it at some point.

Before FFN, I finished A Clash of Kings which is book two in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. It's fairly fluffy fantasy, but it is well writen with decent characterization and not too much gratuitous sex. (Although if you are horribly offended by incest you might give the series a pass; it's not that the practice is universally accepted in setting, but it does happen in the novels.) I'll likely be picking up book 3 A Storm of Swords pretty soon, but then will have to wait for book 4 to be released. (FYI, the first book in the series is A Game of Thrones.)

The other book I am reading when I remember to pick it up is Plato's The Republic though I most often do so when winding down to sleep and so don't really remember too much. I'll probably have to start that one over. Also I should start reading the CCDA study guide I picked up so that I can maybe take that certification exam this year and I want to pick up some Math books to relearn the Geometry/Algebra/Calculus I've forgotten.

And I think that about sums up my current book lusts. :D

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Date:January 7th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
Mathematics and the Physical World might be of interest to you. I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet, but from skimming a few pages it looked good enough as a refresher that I went ahead and bought it.
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Date:January 7th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
*adds to Amazon wish list*

I mainly use my wish list to keep track of stuff I want to read, so I'll keep my eyes open for it.

Thanks for the recommendation!
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Date:January 10th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
No need to be embarassed - I can't add four numbers together in my head on the fly! Hell, I can't do that for two numbers usually.

We used to joke that the best mathematicians couldn't do simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. It's just the way it seems to work. :)

Let us know how the speed arithmetic course goes; if it proves useful I may have to pick it up, too!
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